Hey there! Wow, I can't believe we're almost at the end of August. I remember thinking that I couldn't believe it was July and now look, almost two months have flown by!
How's your summer been? We've had a really pleasant one...No ocean-crossing trips for us to Canada this year unfortunately, and it's been the regular muggy hot blazing-down-on-your-sweaty-forehead-all-day sunshine...but we've enjoyed our days together, trying to keep cool and trying not to have too much going on around home...
But not to say I haven't been keeping myself busy, as there's been lots going on in terms of projects and workshops. (The easiest thing is to refer you back to my Spanish blog, where most of the photos are already posted).
The end of June I helped organize the 4th "Byron Katie's The Work" workshops in Barcelona, with our wonderful Certified Facilitator, Brianda Domecq (who has recently started sharing her writing on her own blog, "Everything Begins at 60", a most enjoyable read!) and the workshop went very well...More are planned for 2011!
Then came July, which was busy with family projects, pool and beach time and all that sort of thing until the end of the month, when it came time for workshops in my studio with guest artist and Art Journalist extraordinaire, Dina Wakley. It was the third time I have had the honour (she's such a great person to work with, it's been a pleasure each time) of organizing workshops with her, here in my studio, and the participants thoroughly enjoyed themselves, experiementing with "Altered Portraits" and "Hardware Art Journaling".
If you'd fancy seeing some photos, I'll link you over to my Spanish blog here, where I've posted photos from both days' workshops.
Then we had some family R&R time along with some friends, up in a more mountainous area of Girona, about 90min from where we live, where we set up camp for a few days. It was fantastic--flowers, bugs and butterflies galore, a river to hike down to and splash around in, lots of space for laying about on blankets, chatting, drawing and reading, and even a 1-night downpour just for some added excitement!
Oh, almost forgot--the end of July I participated in a 3-day "Cajón Workshop", where we made--from scratch--our own cajón (first 2 sessions) and then the last day, had a percussion class on a couple Flamenco rhythms with it (Tango Flamenco and Rumba). It was totally fun. Had never used a power sander before! ;) I've yet to stain it--picked up some nice blue wax-based stain at IKEA, and I'm thinking I might stencil something on it too. Anyways, the sound it gives is great! ..and makes me feel all the more proud that I made it myself!!
My next artistic play-date was with a fanTAStic stencil and street artist named Andrea Michaelsson, from Barcelona who goes by the name BTOY. She has had exhibitions in Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Brussels, Paris and Warsaw, as well as live shows and features in numerous publications in the genre.
I love her work for numerous reasons--because she's a woman in a male-dominant genre, because her art style rocks, and because I think there is something unique about the images she chooses and the way she juxtaposes them, whether on canvas or in whatever street location she selects for them. And of course the whole thing of painting in the street, clandestinely, intrigues me. And makes me think about things like, who do the streets in fact belong to...? Is art only valued when it's on a gallery wall, in a "proper" location? Does street art not transform what is only a banal cement urbanlandia into the platform for something beautiful for all to see (not just those who visit art galleries)?
I was thrilled to have the opportunity for my baptism into full-blown stencil artmaking with BTOY, and I hope to continue to experiment with it, whether in small format, or perhaps even venture into something bigger, like a studio wall! ;)
Check out this link for some step-by-step pics!
Here's what I produced after several hours of what I have dubbed "practising the zen of the exacto-knife" to create my finished piece:
So that's about the size of it, it's been hot and muggy summer, as is usual for around here, however it hasn't been wanton for creative stimulation, which I am very grateful for. The next couple weeks I'll be rolling into that "back to school" mode, getting new workshops and projects ready in the studio. Meanwhile, I'm going to keep mulling on what would be a worthy grosso modo stencil to create for the wall of my studio....! And of course, keep practising on my cajón!
My goal is to sound a tiny bit closer to this cajón maestro, percussionist David Kuckhermann ;)) Holy timpani--check it out, it's like an entire drum kit in a box...Amazing!
Hope you had a wonderful summer (or winter, if you're Down Under!) and everything is groovy in your orbit!
Keep walking with your own rhythm...whatever it may be! Cheers until next time!